Importance of Plantation Research

Genealogists will tell you to follow the white history to uncover clues to family black history.  So I am on my soap box encouraging more of that sort of research.  Learn more about the stately old buildings – whether restored or long gone – for insights about the people, the families, the lineages, the lay of the land, and the history of the enslaved and freedmen alike.  And in doing so, a clearer view of the histories of these places may come to light, balancing the history.  Some may not believe it, but that balance has the potential to heal wounds.  Hard to believe, but it can happen.

Below are a couple of images linked to their website stories.  The Nabb Research Center at Salisbury University keeps copies of their Shoreline issues online.  The two below are linked to those articles.  Enjoy the reading.

Researching the slavery history of the old plantations and farms is not easy.  There may be reluctance but mostly there is difficulty.  Researchers with the interest and the know-how are encouraged to expand and share these histories.  You never know what can be learned.

–Linda Duyer

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